The Winneshiek County Beef Banquet is Saturday, March 16, at the Festina Community Center.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and a prime rib meal, catered by U-2 Catering, will be served at 6:30 p.m. The event will include presentation of beef producer awards, scholarships, an auction, prizes and the crowning of 2019 beef royalty.
Queen candidates
Olivia Massman, 18, lives in Ossian with her parents, Bill and Sherry and attends South Winneshiek High School.
Throughout high school, she has been involved in cross country, basketball and track. She has received many varsity letters and has advanced to the state cross country meet and to the state track meet. She also is active in FFA, where she received the star Chapter Greenhand Award as well as many chapter degrees and her Iowa degree. She has served as a treasurer and secretary for her FFA chapter.
Massman has been an active member of student government, where she has served as class president, vice president and secretary. Academically, she is on the A honor roll and the NICC Dean’s List. She also is an active member of the Eldorado Eagles 4-H Club.
Her hobbies include exhibiting cattle and hogs at the Winneshiek County Fair and exhibiting hogs at the Iowa State Fair. She enjoys spending time hunting with her dad and older brothers.
Her future plans include attending Iowa State University and majoring in agriculture communications and agriculture economics.
Her family maintains a cow calf herd and finishes out feeder cattle. They also raise corn, beans and hay.

Hannah Hageman, 17, lives in Calmar with her parents, Jeremy and Kerra and attends South Winneshiek High School
In FFA, she has earned her Greenhand and Chapter degrees, and has received several awards though competition. She participates in sub districts, districts, state and national FFA conventions. Currently, she is the South Winn FFA reporter and is running this officer term (2019/2020) for vice president. She also shows at the Winneshiek County Fair and open shows at other county fairs. She also is a part of the Shorthorn Association.
Her hobbies are being on the family farm by her small herd of beef heifers. She also loves showing her heifer at the fair and attending all district FFA events and competitions. “Helping on the farm is a big hobby of mine,” she says.
She works at Ossian DeSales Child Care Center, U-2 BBQ Catering and on the family farm. After high school, she plans on going to Hawkeye Community College or DMACC for dental hygiene and agribusiness or athletic training.
She currently owns one shorthorn beef heifer that will calve in late April. Her family farm has a 100-head cow calf herd. They also farm about 300 acres of land.

Little Miss Cowgirl
Thea Zidlicky, 11, lives in Decorah with her parents, Travis and Erin and attends Decorah Middle School.
She is a member of the Winneshiek County Beef Team, Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club and fifth grade orchestra. Her hobbies include playing the violin, showing cattle and playing school. She also enjoys helping on the farm and helping her grandparents.
The Zidlicky family has three 2019 show calves, two first-year heifers and four fat steers.